Its mid-summer and it is the perfect season for camping trip. Summer and autumn are the perfect seasons for camping. Specially late summer when it’s not too hot. One necessary item everyone should carry on a camping trip is a Dutch Oven, if you have the space of course. There is something special about eating meals prepared over a campfire while everyone is around the fire having fun and exploring nature. But a Dutch oven is a lot more than a camping cooker. It can be used at home on and inside a stove and inside a fireplace.
For this occasions we prepared a small list of Amazon branded dutch oven’s and a review of their functionality and characteristics, so if you are planning on buying a new dutch oven then you will be able to find everything you need in this post.
AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven
Let’s start with this well rated pre-seasoned cast iron dutch oven that is a great addition to any cookware collection, specially for those that love to go on long camping trips. It’s size and material go well for cooking on a campfire or in a fireplace. Some of the features include a loop carrying handle, very secure-fitting lid which can be used as a griddle and sturdy feet at the bottom for stability but raised off the ground to be place on a campfire over burning wood or hot coals.
This is a great item for light camping, longer camping trips, backyard cooking or even for those that want a more rustic feel while they are cooking. AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven is pretty useful when it comes to cooking one dish meals and versatile when it comes to all the different food you can cook in it, starting with baking pies and bread, cooking stews and soups and ending with preparing meat, rice and much more.
Made with heavy-duty cast iron, the cookware retains heat well and distributes it evenly. Heat spreads thoroughly across the base and up the sides for optimal cooking results. Even more, the cookware comes pre-seasoned, which means it’s good to go right out of the box, and you don’t have to apply any coating as we did in our tutorials in the tips and tricks section. AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven is oven-safe to 500 degrees F and it is suitable for all cooking surfaces.
As advised by the manufacturer, before first use, rinse the pre-seasoned cookware with hot water and dry thoroughly. Do NOT use soap.
Note: The AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven is not meant to be washed in a dishwasher, so it is NOT dishwasher safe. Make sure this cookware is handwashed only.
AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles – 7-Quart
Another pre-seasoned cast iron dutch oven wearing the AmazonBasics brand handled by Amazon. With an average rating of 4.3 on Amazon, at the moment of writing of this review, is one of the highest rated Dutch Ovens on amazon and if you can read a lot of good words about it. The way it is designed, this Dutch Oven is not suitable for cooking on a campfire or a fireplace. Having no feet at the base and no loop handle is an indicator that this Dutch Oven is designed to be used in stoves and stove tops only.
It is a slightly larger than the dutch oven before which results in a higher capacity. Suitable for for cooking, boiling, baking, braising, roasting, and more, this dutch oven will prove to be a valuable, versatile cooking tool in your kitchen if you are into old school cooking. Its heavy-duty cast-iron construction allows for even heat distribution and optimal heat retention. It can get heavy, specially if its full. This is where those side handles come handy. They are designed to fit a hand wearing a heat resistant glove for safe handling.
Oven safe up to 500 degrees F and suitable to all surface for careless cooking and extensive use throughout the year. This dutch oven is not dish washer safe so you should always hand wash it right after cooking. Follow our tips about taking care, washing and handling your dutch oven. When you wash it do not apply too much pressure if using cleaning tools with ruff surface. DO NOT use soap to clean it. Soap and harsh cleaning detergents should never be used to clean pre-seasoned cast-iron cookware.
Backed by an AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty.
AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven – 6-Quart
This stylish Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven is a perfect addition to your cookware and it will give an option to prepare variety of delicious meals. Baking, braising, roasting, and more can be achieved with this beautiful tool. Made of heavy-duty cast iron for thorough, even heating and optimal cooking performance. Enamel finish won’t react to food, pot can be used to marinate, cook, and store food.
It is oven safe up to 400 degrees F and can be used on any cooking surfaces and inside an oven. But you have to be careful when using it on glass or ceramic stovetops to prevent scratches. The design is flawless. The lid fits securely and the loop side handles allow easy transport and handling backed by an AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty.
DO NOT wash it in a dishwasher and be very careful when you hand wash it. Always use soft surfaces and use soapy water. Hand dry it by using dry cloth to protect your cookware from rusting. To protect the exterior gloss, avoid citrus-based cleaners.
For best results, cook using low to medium heat, and always add water or oil when heating. Vegetable oil or cooking spray promote better cooking and easier cleaning.
In this review we have given you 3 very different options that give the same result. Now it always depends on the occasions you want to use your Dutch Oven for. If you want to use it on campfire and in a fireplace cooking then the first option ( AmazonBasics Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven ) is the clear choice. If you want a stylish and good locking pot then the third option ( AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven – 6-Quart ) is the obvious choice. No matter which one you choice you will still get the AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty.